With the salt conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats finally improving, land-speed racers can once again flock to the Utah locale for their high-speed pursuits.
One such effort will be the folks at Triumph Motorcycles, who are resuming their bid to be the fastest motorcycle on earth, with their now-named Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner project.
The mark they must beat is 376.363 mph, and Triumph hopes that they can be the first two-wheeler to break the 400 mph barrier. To help them in that effort, they have enlisted road racer and daredevil Guy Martin to aid their cause, picking up where their LSR project stalled in 2015.
If you will remember, this isn’t the British marque’s first outing with the Triumph Rocket III Streamliner, as Jason DiSalvo made passes on the then named “Castrol Rocket” back in 2013.
Bleak weather has scuttled Triumph’s land speed racing plans for the past two years though – along with the plans of everyone else hoping to set world records at Bonneville we might add – but the Weather Gods have been good to Bonneville in 2016, and Triumph will return to the salt at an unspecified time during the month of August.
“I can’t wait to take the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner onto the salt at Bonneville for the first time this summer,” said Guy Martin. “The Triumph engineers have built an amazing machine, giving us the very best chance to beat the two-wheeled land speed record.”
The 25.5-foot long streamliner is the work-product of a joint endeavor between Triumph, Hot Rod Conspriacy, and Carpenter Racing. It features a carbon/kevlar monocoque chassis, and has two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III methanol-burning engines powering it to claimed 1,000hp figure.
Hopefully the salt is good to Triumph this year, and the team can see the fruits of its labors later this summer.
Photos of the 2013 Triumph Rocket Streamliner: